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UN presents awards to adolescents living with HIV for best essays themed “My Positive Life!”

UN presents awards to adolescents living with HIV  for best essays  On the eve of World AIDS Day 2015 with the purpose to support adolescents living with HIV, UN agencies in Uzbekistan launched an essay contest with the overarching theme of “My Positive Life!”. To participate in the contest, the UN invited adolescents living with HIV between the ages of 10 to 19. On 12 January 2016 the award ceremony for best essays took place at the United Nations Office in Uzbekistan. UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Mr. Stefan Priesner emphasized these adolescents’ courage, strength of spirit and their commitment to be active members of the society. He stressed that in order to improve the support currently provided to HIV-positive youth, the United Nations and all organizations working in this area need to hear the voices of adolescents and to understand their needs  and aspirations.

After the ceremony, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan Mr. Robert Fuderich asked the participants what career paths they would like to take. With confidence and without the slightest doubt, each one of them stated the profession of their dreams. Mr. Priesner was surprised that already at this early age, young people had a concrete plan for their future. In that case, he highlighted, each of them will definitely be able to achieve their goals. Mr. Fuderich also expressed his conviction that the evident talents and dedication of these adolescents will soon lead them to great success. Mr. Komiljon Akhmedov, a representative of the UNAIDS Country Office in Uzbekistan, reiterated the activity and leadership skills of the adolescents.

The adolescents, in their turn, expressed gratitude for this attention from the United Nations and for the opportunity to tell someone about their lives, to ponder and understand their own dreams and priorities, to chart their own path to achieve them, and most importantly – to share their thoughts with the readers and be heard.

Many of these adolescents living with HIV are members of an innovative peer education project, which is supported by UN agencies in Uzbekistan.

Below you can read the 1st place essay! Once again congratulations to our winner!

My advice to boys living with HIV!!

I am 17 years old. Since 2006 I have been living with HIV. Now I am taking antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART plays a big role in my life because this medicine assures my longevity. Since 2012 I have been a member of the adolescent support group and actively taken part in consulting and supporting my peers. In this group, I have been working on a “peer to peer” basis. Trying to use my time with benefit, the group’s curator and I give guidance and teach useful skills to children from orphanages who have HIV. People living with HIV should be engaged in meaningful and purposeful activities. The presence of true friends and loved ones is of great importance in the life of a person living with HIV. Help and support of such people gives courage and reduces the negative impact of stress on the immune system. The absence of people’s support has a negative impact on the general condition of the person and is the impetus for a rapid deterioration of health. People with HIV-positive status have the same right to live with future plans as HIV-negative people.

I would say the following to every peer and to all my unmet friends:

My unmet friends!!

I do not know who you are, how old you are and what you are up to now. I do not know how you lived before or how you live now, but I can say with confidence that happy, joyful days are on their way to you! You are going through trials of your destiny, but I believe in you, you will surely find strength for this. I also believe that you will be able to turn the difficulties encountered on your way to your benefit, to improve your life and become the best person. Because how you live your life depends on you alone. Only Allah knows how long we will live, but you should learn to enjoy life and joyfully appreciate its every moment.

Appreciate every step! Appreciate every breath! Appreciate every day, every hour!

Learn to love and to be able to forgive!

Do not regret anything, live rejoicing! Dream and try to achieve your dreams!

You are strong! Do not stray from your path, listen to your conscience! Be an individual!

Appreciate life and the most important thing: do not ever fall into despair, everything will be alright!

I am happy and follow my huge dreams, I believe that YOU CAN DO THIS TOO!


Tashkent conference highlights modern HIV prevention and treatment methods

World-AIDS-Day 2015Over 200 national and international specialists from Denmark, India, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland and the US have joined a conference in Tashkent to discuss modern approaches to the detection, prevention and treatment of HIV. The conference is being held in commemoration of World AIDS Day, marked annually on 1 December, and the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Service in Uzbekistan.

Keynote speakers at the start of the conference today, 1 December, included Deputy Minister of Health and Chief Sanitary Doctor of Uzbekistan, Saidmurod Saidaliyev, and UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan, Stefan Priesner.

In his speech, Mr. Saidaliyev told those gathered about measures taken by the government to fight HIV/AIDS in Uzbekistan. Mr. Priesner, in his turn, highlighted the importance of joint efforts to address HIV/AIDS, research in this area, prevention of the virus, protection of vulnerable groups, increasing young people’s awareness of the risks of catching HIV as well as eliminating discrimination against people living with HIV.

During the two-day conference, experts and consultants will be working in three breakout sessions and focus on the following themes: “Epidemiology and prevention of HIV”, “Modern approaches to the detection, prevention and treatment of HIV”, and “The role of NGOs in implementing medico-psychosocial and HIV prevention programs”.

Conference participants are expected to develop new methods of boosting the effectiveness of efforts on early detection and prevention of the spread of HIV, improving treatment methods aimed at helping people living with HIV (PLHIV) regain working capacity and increasing life expectancy for PLHIV.

Chiefs of UN agencies deliver sustainable development lectures for Uzbek students

The UN Office in Uzbekistan has launched a series of lectures on sustainable developmentAs part of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, chiefs of UN agencies in Uzbekistan delivered a series of lectures on sustainable development for students of five universities in Tashkent. Organized by the UN Office in Tashkent in partnership with Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education, the lectures were based on the thematic areas of the 2016-2020 UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) programme for Uzbekistan.

The first in the series of lectures was delivered by UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan Robert Fuderich on 11 November at Tashkent Economic University. The lecture focused on economic development and social protection. Mr. Fuderich placed emphasis on the concepts of “equal rights” and “justice” as well as the importance of the three components of sustainable development: the environment, justice and economic development.

On 12 November, Tashkent Agrarian University students had the opportunity to attend a lecture by Deputy Representative of UNDP in Uzbekistan Farid Karahanov and reinforce their understanding of problems such as global climate change, preservation of biological diversity, effective use of natural resources as well as provision of environmental sustainability in the context of sustainable development.

On 13 November, Tashkent Medical Academy hosted the chief of UNFPA in Uzbekistan, Mieko Yabuta, who discussed issues in the development of healthcare, which is called to ensure comprehensive coverage and boost the quality of life and increase life expectancy globally.

On 24 November, UNESCO Representative in Uzbekistan Krista Pikkat met with Tashkent Pedagogical University students to discuss provision of access to quality education for all people and efforts to help them gain knowledge and learn skills that would enable them engage fully in society.

On 30 November, UN Resident Coordinator in Uzbekistan Stefan Priesner presented a lecture at the National University of Uzbekistan. Mr. Priesner talked about effective governance and the rule of law as fundamental factors in ensuring sustainable development.